The National Defense
Summary: The National Defense is the ONLY nationally-syndicated talk radio show geared towards active-duty military, reserves and their families.
Randy and Jerry welcome Miyoko Hikiji, Iraq War veteran and author of the book "All I Could Be" to the program. Miyoko talks about her experience within the military, her feelings about the current struggles that female soldiers encounter in the military, and her new book.
Randy speaks with Erik Fleming, the author of "Rolling Thunder" to discuss his book and the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam war. Also on the show this week, journalist, critic, and author, Aaron Barnhart, to the program to discuss the American Civil War and his new book "The Big Divide." Aaron's book highlights one of the regional hotbeds of activity during the Civil War; the Missouri/Kansas border.
The National Defense welcomes Dr. Joel Kupersmith from the Department of Veterans Administration to discuss "Research Week" and the fascinating research being done to improve the lives of those that have served their country. While Jerry is on assignment in China, Randy brings you Scott Halliwell of USAA to answer your financial planning questions.
The National Defense highlights employment for veterans this week as Ted Daywalt of VetJobs joins the program to discuss recent work being done on Capitol Hill by VetJobs for servicemembers looking for work. Scott Halliwell from USAA talks with Randy about the important financial planning that surrounds military service, both before enlisting, and after a military career is completed.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by highlighting a recent trip that Randy and Jerry took to Texas to meet up with Sport Clips CEO Gordon Logan, and some of the exciting news on the horizon for veterans on behalf of Sport Clips. Then, Jerry and Randy welcome Ron Cherry, VFW National Service Officer, to talk about the work of the VFW on behalf of those seeking claims from V.A.
The National Defense welcomes Tim Conahan of Signal 88 Security to discuss a topic very much in the headlines this week, public security. Randy and Jerry discuss the work of the VFW and it's membership to impact the lives of veterans for the better, and USAA's Scott Halliwell highlights the positives and negatives of the housing market.
The National Defense welcomes author John M. Capozzi to discuss his new book, "Getting it Done." USAA's Scott Halliwell joins the program as he does each week, and Randy and Jerry speak with the Director of Membership for the VFW, Bob Crider.
The National Defense welcomes longtime friend of the program, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill to the show. Senator McCaskill talks about the myriad issues that she is tackling on behalf of the US Military and veterans. We also speak with USAA's Scott Halliwell about his "Final Four" tips for financial security.
The National Defense welcomes Mike Kozeliski of the new Nat Geo program "Apocalypse 101" to discuss his Colorado groups efforts to train people to handle emergencies of any kind. Scott Halliwell of USAA joins the program as he does each week, and the Director of Legislative Affairs for the VFW, Ray Kelley, joins the program to talk about the work being done for veterans on Capitol Hill by the VFW.
The National Defense welcomes Lauren Drain, author of a new book exposing the inner workings of the Westboro Baptist Church, and speaks to her about her own personal experiences, including the picketing of military funerals under the leadership of Fred Phelps. USAA's Scott Halliwell gives pointers on issues to consider when starting your own business.
The National Defense welcomes Jerry back from DC. Then Ray Kapaun the nephew of Chaplain Emil J Kapaun. Emil is being posthumously honored at the White House with the Medal of Honor for his amazing feat of heroism during the Korean War.
The National Defense welcomes the Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Rep. Jeff Miller to the program, as well as the National Commander of the VFW, John E. Hamilton, to discuss the sequester and various other veterans' issues.
This week VFW welcomes two VFW Voice of Democracy Winners and later welcomes Joel Rubin of the Ploughshares Fund to the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as the new Defense Secretary of the United States.
The National Defense is digging themselves out from under the winter storm sweeping over the midwest (look out east coast!) This week, check out a fascinating interview with an even more dynamic individual, Wally Funk, the recepient of the VFW's National Aeronautics and Aerospace Award. We'll be back next week with more great interviews on The National Defense!
The National Defense welcomes Jacquee Alvord to discuss her experience as a woman in the USMC and her take on the recent shifts on the role of women in front-line combat. Randy and Jerry also speak with comedian Bernie McGrenahan about his comedy tour to educate American troops around the world. Scott Halliwell of USAA talks to The National Defense about the pitfalls of student loan debt.